Copa del Coastal Race
The Copa del Rey MAPFRE coastal race for the 52 SUPER SERIES is billed to be about 30 miles long. The round the bay race should start with a short windward-leeward, a longer beat and then a reach to the north for a windward-leeward loop between the Illetas mark – just off the Royal family’s summer residence and upwind to the Isle of Sec, the rocky little islet used during the World Championships coastal race too.
Of course a lot of pressure is on the start, you need to be in the top three or four at the first rounding to have the best chance of a good finishing place. Often there are few passing lanes once the first circuit is completed. Otherwise it can be a long, hot and frustrating day on the water.
Azzurra lead after their two wins yesterday but the charge from behind will gather momentum today not least with a bunch of boats which underperformed on the first day looking to get back on track.
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